Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Ann Weisgarber’s moving and majestic debut highlights one black family’s struggle to survive the South Dakota Badlands. It’s 1917 - 14 years after Rachel and Isaac Dupree came to this unforgiving land - and Isaac is proud of his landed independence. But rain stops falling, cattle are dying, and supplies are gone. Desperate and exhausted, Rachel determines to do what’s right for her children, herself, and her husband.
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“Beautifully done, rendered in spare, un-showy prose.” (Guardian, UK)
"An indelibly affecting teaching story: How unchecked selfish desires, regardless of their origins in historical cruelty and deprivation, lead inevitably to suffering. A suffering that can be alleviated only by the realization of a pure love for others greater than one's desires for self. Rachel and Isaac DuPree and their tiny, vulnerable family stand as monuments to the forgotten millions of brutal, spirit deforming choices made and endured by so many brave and deeply wounded Americans." (Alice Walker)
Good story, very well narrated BUT the protagonist is black and born and raised in Louisiana by two parents who were themselves born into slavery. The narrator sounds like Claire Huxtable (Bill Cosby's t.v. wife). The narration is simply not believable and that was very distracting from the story. Wrong narrator for this book.
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